TKC 239 Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow at the Harvard Book Store - Photo by Katsoulis Photography

Cory Doctorow at the Harvard Book Store – Photo by Katsoulis Photography

Author of Homeland

Interview Starts at 18:13

You could imagine a million conceptual ways that you could design that feature (eBook updates) so that it doesn’t put people at risk. Such as, having the device poll a server to find out if there are any updates for its files and then notifying the owner of the device when there are updates and allowing the owner to choose and also, for example, saving the old version so the owner could revert if the update turned out to be faulty in some way. If you wanted to maximize the utility of the Kindle to owners instead of maximize the ability to do creepy, Orwellian junk with it that’s how you’d do it.

Show Notes and Links:


“Barnes & Noble Rethinks Its Strategy for the Nook” – New York Times article by Leslie Kaufman on February 28, 2013

“Kindle App Updates Demonstrate iOS App Store Flaw” by Jeff Carlson at TidBITS – February 27, 2013

Kindle Paperwhite ad “Perfect at the Beach”

Amazon Customer Discussion comments about the ad

Tech Tips

How to donate a Kindle to E-Books for Troops

Eolake Stobblehouse’s blog post on adding fonts to your Kindle Paperwhite

More info on fonts procedure at eBook Reader

E-Books for Troops

“On a roll: why E Ink is still the leader in e-paper”by Dr. Guillaume Chansin at Printed Electronics World – Feb 20, 2013

Cory Doctorow Interview

Cory Doctorow’s home page

Cory Doctorow’s listing at Wikipedia

Aaron Swartz’s obituary in The New York Times – January 12, 2013

Boing Boing blog

Homeland by Cory Doctorow – $9.99 on Kindle

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow – $9.99 on Kindle

Lawful interception listing at Wikipedia

Zero-Day exploits – Wikipedia

Barnaby Jack report of vulnerability of implanted heart defibrillators – via The Register.

New York Times account of Amazon’s deletion of Orwell books in 2009

Doctorow video by Steve Davidson of Amazing Stories Magazine at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, NH on 2/24/13

Doctorow interviews at the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference in NYC


Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation by James McQuivey – $7.99 on Kindle

Video blurb for Digital Disruption

“Justified” and “The Shield” available at Prime Instant Video – Amazon press release on February 26, 2013

“Justified” Season 1 Pilot episode at Amazon Prime Instant Video

Salon article on January 7, 2013 by Kristopher Jansma on interconnections between Elmore Leonard’s fiction and the “Justified” TV series

New York Times added to Flipboard Kindle Fire app

Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1-5) by Hugh Howey – $5.99 on Kindle

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

Next Week’s Interview Guest: 

Denver literary agent Kristin Nelson, whose clients include Hugh Howey.

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Comments 3

  1. Tom Welch wrote:

    Have you read this

    Posted 04 Mar 2013 at 1:19 pm
  2. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Interesting. I hadn’t seen this yet, Tom. Thanks for the link!

    Posted 04 Mar 2013 at 3:33 pm
  3. Jim Sullivan wrote:

    I have been checking the Web site: eReader iQ for prices on specific books, and to see what new books are available at no cost from Amazon. It sounds like, from the message at their site, Amazon has prohibited them from listing all $0.00 books. I’m not sure how this site was doing anything but providing a reader service. Is anyone aware of how this listing would have a negative impact on Amazon?

    Posted 05 Mar 2013 at 7:14 pm

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